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13th Target
by Mark de Castrique
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Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Russell Mullins leaves the Secret Service when his wife dies of ovarian cancer. Starting over being his goal, he signs on with a private protection service and is assigned to guard Paul Luguire, a Federal Reserve executive and chief liaison with the U.S. Treasury.

Mullins and Luguire become good friends, and when Mullins is told of the man's suicide, he can't accept it. A former Secret Service colleague, Amanda Church (a member of the Federal Reserve's cyber security unit) has uncovered a transaction by Luguire made only days before he died that looks suspicious to her.

Church and Mullins team up, only to discover that the transaction was made in Mullins' name! Something ain't right here. A bulldog of a reporter helps them to reach an exciting conclusion. A mastermind has developed a plan to set off bombs simultaneously at twelve targets. But there is also a thirteenth target! Where? When? Who?

The 13th Target is a good book written by an author with many good books to his name - Mark de Castrique has 8 books in two series as well as this one, a standalone, to his credit. A veteran of television and film, he is also an adjunct professor at the University of North Carolina.

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